USA Hockey recently announced that 45 of the best American players under the age of 20 have been invited to the 2006 National Junior Evaluation Camp from August 5-14, 2006 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Included among those 45 players invited to Lake Placid is Sharks goaltending prospect Alex Stalock
. Stalock will join the impressive American field which includes 14 members from the 2006 IIHF World Champion U.S. National U-18 Team and nine former first round draft selections from the 2005 and 2006 NHL Entry Drafts.
The camp will feature practices and eight international scrimmages with similar squads from Sweden and Finland. Players will be auditioning for a chance to compete at the 2007 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship — Dec. 26, 2006-Jan. 5, 2007 — in Mora and Leksand, Sweden.
Stalock spent last season with the Cedar Rapids RuffRiders (USHL), leading the league in wins (28) and save percentage (.931) while posting a 2.54 GAA, good enough for sixth in the league. Stalock earned several honors for his stellar regular season performance and was named Top Goaltender of the Year in the USHL and RBK First Team All-USHL.
Stalock, a Sharks draft selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (4th round, 112th overall), was also selected to represent the United States at the Viking Cup where he posted a 2-0-0-1 record and led the U.S. to a third-place finish.
The five-foot-eleven, 170-pound native of St. Paul, Minnesota has signed a letter of intent to play next season at the University of Minnesota at Duluth.
The camp opens on August 4, with the first games set for August 8. All practice sessions are open to the public and tickets to the international games are available through the Olympic Regional Development Authority in Lake Placid. For more information, visit www.usahockey.com
NO MORE ARB CASES
The Sharks chose not to take any of their eligible restriced free agents to arbitration, meaning Mark Smith is the only Sharks player who will go through the process. By using the neutral third party, Smith is guaranteed of having his contract completed by the beginning of training camp.